Tinder in Taipei

In my last post I shared with you how I ended up on Tinder, and how I found Tinder to be a strange but ultimately insightful tool with which to look at and assess a culture and it’s values. In that post I shared some brief observations of Budapest and of Langley, the town where…

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Tinder as an Anthropological Tool

I’ve been single since February last year in Budapest, and it’s been fantastic. I can honestly say that I was really excited to be single, for the first time in four years (give or take), and part of the reason was Tinder. Since I’d been in a committed relationship, dating and hookup apps became super…

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Hong Kong in Two Days

Prior to this year I never really had any desire to go to Hong Kong. It wasn’t for any reason in particular, it just didn’t hold my interest. I always just thought of it as a big, busy, cramped city; which of course it is. However, since moving to Taipei I’ve had more of a…

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A Long Weekend in Kuala Lumpur

This past week we had a long weekend here in Taipei and decided to head out of Taiwan for the break. We chose Kuala Lumpur because it was a relatively cheap flight and we figured it was somewhere we could do in a weekend. There are some cities that you can go to for a…

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Another Christmas Away

I’ve written before about being away from home at Christmas. In Turkey, Christmas time was the worst time of year, because I missed my family and I missed Christmas in general. There were no Christmas lights, or markets or reminders of the holiday season anywhere. Even at the school I worked in we couldn’t even…

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Two Months in Taiwan

It’s been two months since I arrived in Taipei, and I’m sitting here in a coffee shop drinking some of the best coffee I’ve had in years thinking about how glad I am that I made this move.

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Here’s to Another Year in Another Place

Here we are again, and it feels like only yesterday I was starting my job in Budapest, thinking how new everything felt and wondering how long it would take for Budapest to feel like home. Now I’m sitting in my new room in Taipei, wondering the same thing. How long will it take for this…

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Prague in the Spring

This year I had the chance to not only visit Prague, but to do so with my Mum. My mother’s family fled Czechoslovakia in 1968, after the Soviets moved in to crush the Prague Spring, and since then she hasn’t been back. It’s been 50 years and this spring she finally made it back home,…

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